McConaghy built Ker 40, Magnum III won the RORC IRC British Nationals in Cowes this weekend. In "kite shredding" conditions the recently launched Ker 40 battled it out against XP 46s, Grand Soleil 43, and the Ker 46 Tonnerre de Breskens 3, the 2010 RORC Boat of the Year, to claim winner of IRC 1.
"Fantastic, just elated!" exclaimed Andrew Pearce. "We have put in six months of dedication and hard work to improve the team's ability and to become national champions is such a joy. In the team brief on Sunday, our tactician Andy Beadsworth said not to worry about the points but to just sail as best as we could. It is a great feeling to win, I can safely say this is the biggest win I have ever had in the sport."
This is an amazing start to the season for Magnum III, as well as for the rest of the Ker 40 fleet racing together in the UK. Jamie McWilliam's Ker 40, Signal 8 from Hong Kong will be joining the four Ker 40 already sailing in the UK.
The domination of the Ker 40 class in IRC keeps being proven with Ice Breaker on the other side of the globe in New Zealand already taking home two major IRC wins this year at the BMW Auckland Cup and the Bay of Islands Regatta.
Last week saw the McConaghy built Ker 40 Catapult take its first splash. This is the first Ker 40 for North America - look out for the red rocket blasting around in the Annapolis area over the next few months before it heads north.
Congratulations to Andrew Pearce and the Magnum III crew